Archives For Holidays

“Christmas time is here Happiness and cheer Fun for all that children call Their favorite time of the year!”

Ah, yes . . . Christmas time is here and while children are likely to be focused on the gifts they hope to receive . . . as for many children it is their favorite time of year, I believe it is the ideal time to redirect their focus on giving to others! So . . .  here are my Top 5 Reasons for Focusing Kids on Giving at Christmas . . .

  1. Jesus is our Example . . . He gave to us – John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (ESV)
  2. Jesus told us to give to others . . . when we give to others, we are choosing to obey Jesus  – John 15:12 “‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.’” (ESV)
  3. Giving to others brings glory to God! – Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (ESV)
  4. It pleases God – Hebrews 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (ESV)
  5. It shows by what we do God’s love is in us!  – I John 3:17 “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” (ESV)

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Winter is coming. The temperatures are getting colder. Many children have outgrown their coats and sweaters from last year. What to do with those coats?

Why not have a coat-drive and collect new or gently used coats and sweaters and blankets for children and families who need them? There are many children who do not have a nice coat or a coat that is warm enough for the winter months.

A coat drive is great mission project for young children. They can take  leadership roles to collect the coats and sort them out in the collection boxes. They will feel like they are making a difference in the lives of other children and sharing Jesus’ love.

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Holiday Celebrations

Tammy Jones —  November 4, 2010

‘Tis the season for holiday celebrations. Over the past weeks I have read quite a few blog posts about holiday celebrations. Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas. There are as many ideas out there as there are blogs. So I am faced with another big decision–how will our ministry celebrate the upcoming holidays?

I really want to take another direction in how we celebrate these holidays. I just don’t like the idea of marching out the children, singing a few songs while the parents take photos of their kids wearing cute costumes, then marching them out to the kitchen for milk and cookies. Not that I haven’t done this in the past. It’s just time to rethink our traditional celebrations. What should be our real focus?  If our focus is on ourselves, we will continue to offer photo opps for the parents to enjoy without impacting anyone. We can tell the children that Christmas is all about giving to others, but how will they really know we are serious if we don’t offer them concrete ways to learn for themselves how it feels to give to others? If our focus is on others, then we will reach out to those in need and show them the love of God.

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